Race Recap: Team Earns Jerseys, Top-Ten Results, and Victories from Utah to Denmark
The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team concluded successful campaigns on two separate continents this week: the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and the Post Danmark Rundt (Tour of Denmark). The team’s ability to animate the race throughout the seven demanding Utah stages yielded three most aggressive rider jerseys (Danny Summerhill, stage 3; Jeff Louder, stage 5; Lucas Euser, stage 6) and the fan-selected ‘Most Inspiring Comeback from Adversity’ jersey, earned by Lucas Euser on stage 3. The 8-rider men’s squad in Utah amassed 6 top-ten finishes from Kiel Reijnen (stages 1, 2, 3, and 5), Ken Hanson (stage 3), and Lucas Euser (stage 6). The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team takes this momentum next to the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, a 7-stage race across the state of Colorado beginning August 18th in Aspen and concluding on August 24th in Denver. Kiel Reijnen commented, “We fine-tuned a few important elements within the team here in Utah. I really think we can turn some of these close calls into wins next week in Colorado.
The women of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team joined the men on stages 1 and 3 for the Cedar City Grand Prix and the first-ever Tour of Utah Women’s Edition at the Miller Motorsports Park circuit course. The women dominated their campaign in Utah, with Alison Powers sprinting to victory in the Cedar City Grand Prix and Coryn Rivera launching from a textbook UnitedHealthcare Blue Train lead out to claim the win for the team in the Tour of Utah Women’s Edition.
While two squads were racing through the high desert and canyon lands at the Tour of Utah, another contingent of UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team riders animated each stage of the 2014 Post Danmark Rundt (Tour of Denmark). John Murphy rode an aggressive first stage, racing into the lead in the king of the mountains category and claiming the most aggressive rider jersey along the way. Murphy continued to climb well throughout the rest of the 6-stage race, holding the coveted king of the mountains jersey through the final stage. New addition to the roster for the Tour of Denmark was stagiaire (intern) Federico Zurlo, who dutifully aided John Murphy on the climbs, riding into 2nd place in the category to help protect Murphy’s lead. Alessandro Bazzana also had a great showing in Denmark, safely navigating foul weather across challenging routes and sprinting to 5th place on stage 4, and 6th place on the 6th and final stage.